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Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

President Obama’s schedule for February 17th Seattle visit begins to take shape

A few days ago, White House offi­cials let it be known that Pres­i­dent Oba­ma would be stop­ping in Wash­ing­ton State again for a mid-Feb­ru­ary visit.

They did­n’t announce his itin­er­ary or sched­ule, but we fig­ured it would­n’t be long before the cam­paign began send­ing out invi­ta­tions to fundrais­ers with the Pres­i­dent. Yes­ter­day, the first invi­ta­tions began going out, for an event in down­town Belle­vue around midday.

Here are the details:

Please join Pres­i­dent Oba­ma at a Lunch with sup­port­ers like you in Bellevue.

Oba­ma Vic­to­ry Fund 2012 — Lunch with Pres­i­dent Oba­ma & Spe­cial Per­for­mance by the Head and the Heart

Belle­vue Westin
600 Belle­vue Way NE
Belle­vue, Washington

Fri­day, Feb­ru­ary 17, 2012
12:30 PM

Space is Limited

The min­i­mum required to get in the door is $1,000. For just $4,000 more, you can have your pic­ture tak­en with the Pres­i­dent at a pho­to recep­tion. For a grand total of $6,000, you can get into the pho­to recep­tion with a friend.

Or, for $10,000, you can buy up a table at the event.

There is a spe­cial $250 rate for Young Democ­rats, but even that reduced rate may be beyond the means of those it is intend­ed to benefit.

(Tuition in this state keeps going up, as Democ­rats cur­rent­ly attend­ing Wash­ing­ton’s pub­lic uni­ver­si­ties and col­leges can attest).

Pri­or to speak­ing at the lun­cheon, the Pres­i­dent will be attend­ing an invi­ta­tion-only brunch with even more gen­er­ous donors. His cam­paign holds a lot of those kinds of events dur­ing any giv­en month — most at pri­vate residences.

As far as we know, no events have yet been announced in Seat­tle itself.

We’ll let you know if any are.

For secu­ri­ty rea­sons, the Secret Ser­vice nev­er divulges trip logis­tics or noti­fies the news media which routes the Pres­i­den­t’s motor­cade will take dur­ing a vis­it. How­ev­er, if his­to­ry is any indi­ca­tion, it might be a good idea to avoid I‑5 and SR 520 dur­ing mid­morn­ing and midafter­noon on Fri­day, Feb­ru­ary 17th. Those high­ways will like­ly be shut down while the Pres­i­dent goes to and from Boe­ing Field.

We won­der, though: if the Pres­i­dent and his entourage take SR 520, will they need to pay the bridge toll? Emer­gency vehi­cles are exempt if on offi­cial busi­ness — but what about The Beast? And the press vans?

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  1. Do you know if there will be an event open to the public?

    # by Chris S :: February 7th, 2012 at 6:46 PM
    • Unlike­ly. The Pres­i­dent has par­tic­i­pat­ed in just one large pub­lic event here since tak­ing office: the Octo­ber 2010 ral­ly at Hec Edmund­son Pavil­ion for Sen­a­tor Pat­ty Mur­ray. All of the oth­er events he has done here have been cam­paign fundrais­ers or offi­cial events open to preap­proved, cre­den­tialed media only.

      # by Andrew :: February 7th, 2012 at 7:16 PM
  2. Actu­al­ly, emer­gency vehi­cles ARE NOT exempt, even if on offi­cial business.

    # by Chris :: February 13th, 2012 at 5:38 PM
    • Who­ev­er told you that was incor­rect, Chris. As I wrote in the post, emer­gency vehi­cles are exempt when on offi­cial business. 

      You don’t have to take my word for it. Here’s WSDOT:

      Q. Who is exempt from pay­ing tolls on the SR 520 Bridge?
      A. Reg­is­tered van­pools and tran­sit are exempt from tolls on the SR 520 Bridge, along with emer­gency response vehi­cles such as police, fire and ambu­lances on bona-fide emer­gen­cies, Wash­ing­ton State Patrol vehi­cles assigned to the bridge, tow trucks autho­rized by the Wash­ing­ton State Patrol to clear a block­ing inci­dent, and bridge main­te­nance vehi­cles. Car­pools and motor­cy­cles are not exempt.

      I think they would know, see­ing as they’re respon­si­ble for col­lect­ing the toll.

      # by Andrew :: February 15th, 2012 at 4:44 PM
  3. Looks he’ll be land­ing at PAE and not BFI.

    # by Tim :: February 14th, 2012 at 6:49 PM
  4. For those who can­not afford to attend the $1,000 a plate lun­cheon, Chris Natale is orga­niz­ing a Get The Mon­ey Out of Pol­i­tics Free Lunch — Occu­py Elec­tion Fundrais­ing in Belle­vue’s Down­town Park. The Face­book event is here if you’d like to RSVP.

    Edi­tor’s Note: This com­ment was edit­ed to com­ply with NPI’s Com­ment­ing Guide­lines.

    # by Kenn Dzaman :: February 15th, 2012 at 5:58 PM
  5. Does any­one know if the metro bus­es (Sound Tran­sit) will be oper­at­ing dur­ing the Pres­i­den­t’s appear­ance. Most­ly, some peo­ple kind of need to get to places even if the Pres­i­dent is here…

    # by Landis :: February 16th, 2012 at 4:12 PM
  6. Landis–did you try look­ing at Metro’s web­site?

    # by Tim :: February 16th, 2012 at 10:01 PM
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